Dizzy Gillespie King Silver Flair Trumpet
Act quick and you might nab one of Conn-Selmer’s limited-edition Dizzy Gillespie King Silver Flair trumpets with an upturned bell, just like Dizzy’s. If you’re less flashy, you can opt for the straight-bell version. Both models feature Monel pistons, a .462-inch bore, first and third slide saddles, a silver plated finish, a 3C mouthpiece and a deluxe leather case. The trumpet also features an engraving of the legendary man it’s named after. conn-selmer.com.
Remo Tucked Fiberskyn Heads
Remo now offers tucked versions of its Fiberskyn 3 heads for congas and bongos, which follows its tucked Nuskyn heads released in 2001. These tucked heads retain the tone and projection of untucked Fiberskyn, and simply increase durability. Different sizes are available to fit congas from 11 to 13 inches and bongos from 7 to 9 inches. Two Remo S Series conga heads are also available in 10- and 11-inch sizes. remo.com
Selmer LaVoix Saxophones
Selmer’s new LaVoix saxophones feature the company’s Ultra Bell large bell-rim design and a copper-rich red-brass bell, body and neck. Available in tenor and alto models, these mid-priced horns include double key arms on the low C and B keys, a reinforced table key arch, a Selmer Paris S80-C* mouthpiece and a specially designed Trek-style case. Both models come in either clear lacquer, silver-plated or black nickel-plated finishes. conn-selmer.com
Production for the Saxophone
Saxophonist Water Beasley’s Sound Production for the Saxophone features the crossover artist imparting advice on optimizing your sound, improving pitch and unifying registers, among other subjects. Beasley wants to keep saxophonists from wasting time chasing after the perfect mouthpiece-reed-horn combination. “Many saxophone players spend their lives chasing reeds and mouthpiece setups. The perfect setup does not exist, [but] learning to create a full, consistent sound throughout the horn is achievable quickly by learning how to relax the embouchure and breathe properly.” warnerbrospublications.com
Improvisation: Advice From the Masters
James Moody explains the importance of scales and modes, Charlie Hunter urges you to embrace your limitations and Kenny Werner meditates on free improvisation in this book of lessons and inspirational essays from 16 jazz artists and educators. Other advice comes from Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas and Dave Liebman, among others. Editor-interviewers Karla Harby and Jimi Durso complete the volume with a glossary of jazz jargon.
iZotope Ozone 3
As an alternative to chaining together various plug-ins, iZotope’s Ozone 3 has all the tools required for audio mastering in a single system for Windows and Mac. Its toolset includes an eight-band paragraphic equalizer, mastering reverb, an intelligent loudness maximizer, real-time analysis, multiband dynamics, harmonic exciter and frequency-dependent stereo imaging. The software, distributed by M-Audio, uses 64-bit processing and shores off digital bite via analog modeling technology. m-audio.com